We had a slightly crazy week of weather. Lots of rain with storms blowing through quickly then the sun popping back out. I love to watch the storm clouds roll in.
Television this week was hit and miss. I got another episode of Mutant X in and I caught a couple of Blindspot episodes but didn't get to finish out the season before they yanked some of the episodes I hadn't seen. I'll have to finish up season three on DVD.
In Classic Who, I finished out the Key of Marinus episodes. Not a bad arc. I'll be starting the Aztecs this week.
Canal Road's third episode was excellent. I enjoyed seeing the group interaction in this episode. I have some thoughts about who killed Spence's wife. Just saying.
Caught a movie on Café Noir. It wasn't the best, but I've been writing some noir-ish-themed stories lately and I liked the ambiance of the movie.
Got in another episode of Midsomer Murders and finished up season three of Endeavor. Gotta say the last episode really packed a punch. Watching Morse realize he loved Joanie ended up being a beautifully acted scene.
Caught the usual episodes of The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Constantine, Pensacola Wings of Gold, Band of Brothers, and Strike Back. Episode four, season four is when Section 20 loses Julia and, ugh, I forgot how much of a kick in the teeth that was.
Watched a crossover of Chicago PD with Chicago Fire. Excellent episodes. I enjoy PD when the focus isn't on dickhead Wood trying to take Hank down. I thought we got enough of that in the first two seasons.
And that's it for television this week. Tonight's post is from Fundamental Basics, a Lantern Jack Tale featuring a sprite and a spawn.
Here's the mini-blurb:
Lantern Jack is back to right another wrong. A sprite, Farin Frazier, is a social outcast who comes together with Qeb Quince, a spawn who is questioning his undead existence. The two shouldn't be attracted to each other, they're mortal enemies, but they find some common ground on All Hallows, when magick is at its strongest.
And a preview snippet…
Lantrien Jacquard, also known as Lantern Jack, faced one of his biggest challenges on his road to redemption. Soon, if all went well, he'd be free of the curse that kept him trapped in the guise of a jack-o-lantern. But the trial ahead might prove to be more than Jack could absolve. He'd chosen to tackle his toughest battle midway through the process.
Sprites and spawns were perhaps his vilest deed. Sprites were the most social of creatures, always planning huge gatherings and sharing their wealth of knowledge with other fae beings. When Jack lost his beloved, he lashed out at the sprites and created a subspecies and infused them with the antithesis of social welfare. He dubbed his new creations spawns and they were antisocial on a fundamental level because they weren't fully alive, existing as undead beings. Spawns went out of their way to diminish the common good vibes sprites liked to spread about. They didn't have the spiritual grounding or tether the other supernatural beings had.
Jack sighed. "Because I made them from myself." When he'd been at his lowest.
Worst decision he'd ever made. Okay, maybe not the worst, but damned close. And he finally had the opportunity to right the wrong.
He gave a mental pat on his back. "Couldn't have asked for better circumstances." A spawn named Qeb Quince used his higher thinking skills for something other than inciting mayhem. He questioned his undead existence.
"Good man. I couldn't move to correct my blunder until one of you lot started wondering why you never left the mortal coil and why only the fae could see you."
Spawns were often overlooked by human eyes, unlike sprites.
Jack snorted. "Not my best move. Making immortal beings practically invisible doomed them to a terrible existence."
As luck, not that Jack had much, would have it, a rare occurrence landed the perfect match for Qeb. Farin Frazier lacked the socialization skills her fellow sprites had. An outcast, she preferred solitude and quiet instead of a constant stream of parties and merriment.
"If I can get the Qeb and Farin to cross paths, the two groups could build a solid unit again."
Not necessarily an easy feat. Farin had an affinity for nature and lived in a tree house deep inside one of the ancient forests. Qeb squatted in an abandoned loft. The builder ran out of financing midway through the project and Qeb worked out an unofficial deal to stay in one of the partially finished units.
Jack's dilemma would be choosing which location fit the couple best. "The loft is spacious and close to the roof." Which would come in handy on All Hallows. "But the tree house is secluded and close to the elements." Probably necessary when sparks started flying, and they would.
Jack debated the short list of pros and cons. Forest it is. Farin Frazier would have an unexpected guest in the very near future.
I love writing the Lantern Jack tales. Redemption stories are so much fun.
That's it for this week.